Diverse Perspectives Student Journalists Reporting Tour


Funding Opportunity ID: 333610
Opportunity Number: DOS-LONDON-PD-2021-CA3008
Opportunity Title: Diverse Perspectives Student Journalists Reporting Tour
Opportunity Category: Discretionary
Opportunity Category Explanation:
Funding Instrument Type: Cooperative Agreement
Category of Funding Activity: Other (see text field entitled “Explanation of Other Category of Funding Activity” for clarification)
Category Explanation: Exchange program to the United States for up to five (5) program participants representing a UK-based journalism training organization.
CFDA Number(s): 19.040
Eligible Applicants: Unrestricted (i.e., open to any type of entity above), subject to any clarification in text field entitled “Additional Information on Eligibility”
Additional Information on Eligibility: The following organizations are eligible to apply:Not-for-profit organizations, including think tanks and civil society/non-governmental organizations;Public and private educational institutions;Individuals;Public international organizations and governmental institutions.
Agency Code: DOS-GBR
Agency Name: Department of State
U.S. Mission to the United Kingdom
Posted Date: May 17, 2021
Close Date: Jun 15, 2021
Last Updated Date: May 17, 2021
Award Ceiling: $60,000
Award Floor: $40,000
Estimated Total Program Funding:
Expected Number of Awards: 1
Description: U.S. Embassy London invites eligible organizations to submit proposals to develop and implement a 10-day reporting tour to the United States for up to five (5) program participants representing a UK-based journalism training organization. Subject to availability of funds, the Embassy expects to select one program implementer for a grant award from USD $40,000.00 and up to USD $60,000.00. PROGRAM OBJECTIVE The objective of this program is to expose a diverse group of student/trainee journalists to American issues and themes including climate change, post-COVID economic recovery, disinformation, U.S. journalism and press freedom, diversity in the United States, and American governmental systems. PROGRAM DESCRIPTION We seek a reporting tour that explores the policy priorities of the Biden Administration and provides participants with practical journalism skills. The reporting tour will shape participants’ understanding of American foreign policy, America’s role in the world, and contemporary issues in the United States. This program will take place over British university holidays in April 2022. The successful applying organization will be responsible for developing promotional and application materials and handling all program logistics, including collection of candidates’ applications, international and domestic travel, lodgings, and ground transportation costs, as well as a full agenda of engagements with relevant U.S. organizations. Participants should travel to cities representing the geographic and cultural diversity of the United States. Cities may include Washington, DC; New York City, New York; Atlanta, Georgia; and/or other suitable locations. Participants would meet with federal, state, and local officials, government agencies, civil society groups, and U.S.-based journalists. If participants will require visas, the budget should allow for any associated fees as well as the mandatory $180 Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) fee per participant, if applicable. Potential grantees should already be registered, or be prepared to register, as a Designated Sponsor Organization in order to facilitate a U.S. government-funded exchange program, if applicable. For more information on this process, please see https://j1visa.state.gov/sponsors/. Please plan for dietary restrictions, such as awareness of halal or vegetarian requirements, and for reasonable accommodation for participants with disabilities. ANTICIPATED TIMELINE August 2021: Grant is awarded October 2021: Selected program implementer develops curriculum and program outline December 2021: U.S. Embassy London and its UK-based partner organization select participants for program April 2022: Project implementation period (exchange program takes place) May 2022: Project assessment period (debrief takes place) June 2022: Project completion and final report
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